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Tin Foil Paint Printing For Kids

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Tin foil printing is a fun and simple process that is perfect for toddlers to teens.

We love trying our hands at different printmaking methods. Tin foil printing is an old favorite of ours. It is a great process for kids of all ages and it is a wonderful introduction for those who have never tried printmaking before. Whether your child is still finger painting or a pro at wielding a paint brush, this printmaking technique is a ton of fun and couldn’t be easier. Here is how…

Tin Foil Printing - easy process art and print project for kids, toddlers and preschoolers

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Salt Dough and Nature Winter Wonderlands and Wreaths

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I just joked the other day about how when you are a crafter it seems as if friends and family are always giving you random materials to craft with. A lovely woman that works with my husband recently gave us a huge bin full of assorted potpourri. My daughter has been dying to get her hands into it.Build a beautiful winter wonderland with salt dough and nature materials and potpourri. A wonderful activity for the winter and Christmas. Kid's arts and crafts and sensory for toddlers and preschoolers.

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One of our favorite activities has always been to work with salt dough or clay and nature items. I wanted to make nature wreaths using homemade salt dough, so I gathered some nature supplies outdoors. I picked branches from different varieties of evergreen trees in our yard. We also dug our hands into all of that potpourri and found cinnamon sticks, pine cones, star anise and other lovely and fragrant fillers. We added a handful of red beads for a little bit of a festive touch.

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20 Adorable and Funny Preschool Books

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Every Wednesday, my daughter and I have a wonderful routine of going to the library together. We will spend an hour or sometimes two exploring the books and looking for new favorites. 20 Cute and adorable books for preschoolers - funny books for kids to read and laugh.

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 My daughter loves all kinds of books, but her favorites are always the ones that make her laugh. My silly girl loves a good chuckle and I love hearing her laugh.

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When we find a silly one, the two of us love to get animated and add as much extra fun to an already silly book as we can. We have come across a lot of funny ones, but here are some of our favorite laugh inducing books.

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

The Book With No Pictures by B.J Novak - funny books for kids and preschoolers

B.J Novak aka Ryan from TV’s The Office wrote this hysterical book, which just like its name says, has no pictures. The lack of pictures will not stop your children from belly laughing all the way through this one.

 

Frog on a Log by Kes Gray

Frog on a Log by Kes Gray and Jim Field - funny books for preschoolers

This funny rhyming tale is about a frog that is told his only option for seating is to sit on a log. Find out why.

 

Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas

Rhyming Sudt Bunnies by Jan THomas - funny books for preschoolers

These dust bunnies have a great gift for rhyme. Now if only they can avoid the broom and vacuum.

 

Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by Josh Funk

Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by Josh Funk - funny books for preschoolers

This adorably silly story follows Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast’s race through the refrigerator to grab the last bit of syrup. Who will get the last bit of syrup?

 

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish - funny books for preschoolers

This was one of my favorites as a child and now it’s one of my daughters. Join Amelia through a series of hilarious misunderstandings.

 

Fraidyzoo by Thyra Heder

Fraidyzoo by Thyra Heder - funny books for preschoolers

This book is cute and it is funny. Little T is afraid of the zoo, but cannot remember why. Her family comes up with an inventive and sweet way to get to the bottom of her unknown fear.

 

The Pigeon Needs A Bath by Mo Willems

The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems - funny books for preschoolers

Any of the Pigeon books will do. They are all hilarious, but if you have a child that does not like to take a bath, this is the perfect book for them.

 

Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig

Pete's a Pizza by William Steig - funny books for preschoolers

What do you do when your kids are bored? Pete’s family turns him into a pizza.

 

Froodle by Antoinette Portis

Froodle by Antoinette Portis - funny books for preschoolers

You can’t help but giggle at this story of a bird that no longer wants to chirp. Read all of the silly alternatives to chirping that this darling birdie comes up with.

 

Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal - funny books for preschoolers

Little Pea has a little problem. His parents want him to eat candy all the time, but this stubborn little pea hates the taste of candy. If only…

 

I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McMourt

I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt - funny books for kids

There is so much love and so many giggles in this heartfelt book about a mother and her son.

 

Polar Bear’s Underwear by Tupera Tupera

Polar Bear's Underwear by Tupera Tupera - funny books for kids

Just the fact that this book is about a polar bear trying to find underwear is enough to make your kids chuckle.

 

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

Mother Bruce by Ryan T Higgins - funny books for preschoolers

Grumpy ol’ Bruce gets a little surprise while preparing his eggs for breakfast and they hatch. He becomes an unlikely parent to some goslings. This is a very funny book for both the kids and grownups.

 

Click Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin

CLick Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin - funny books for preschoolers

Any story about a cow that can type is sure to delight your child.

 

Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucile

Let's Do Nothing by Tony Fucile - funny books for preschoolers

What do you do when you and your friend have done everything already? You just do nothing. This is a humorous story of two friends that attempt to do nothing for 10 seconds.

 

Parts by Ted Arnold

Parts by Tedd Arnold - funny books for preschoolers

The illustrations alone are enough to get a good laugh out of your kids. This hilarious book explores the changes that occur as children get older and start to lose their teeth, shed skin and other unusual things that they may not be quite prepared for.

 

It’s Not Easy Being A Bunny by Marilyn Sadler

It's Not Easy Being A Bunny by Marilyn Sadler - funny books for preschoolers

P.J. Funny Bunny is not content being a bunny, so he tries his hand at being a variety of different animals and learns something about himself along the way.

 

Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal - funny books for preschoolers

The exclamation mark strives to fit in with the rest of the punctuation marks, but discovers he has his own unique voice. This is a fun and adorable read.

 

Diary of a Fly and Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

Diary of a Fly by Doreen Cronin - funny books for preschoolers Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin - funny books for preschoolers

This series of books might actually crack you up just as much as it does your kids.

 

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt - funny books for preschoolers

This is a forever favorite in our home. This cute, clever and funny book tells the story of a box of tired crayons that all have their own individual gripes to their owner.

20 Cute and adorable books for preschoolers - funny books for kids to read and laugh.

We have by no means read every kid’s book out there, so please forgive us if we are missing some of your favorites. We would love to hear what your favorites are. Please feel free to share your favorite funny books with us.

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Easy Halloween Paintings

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Easy blob painted Halloween paintings. Paint a black cat, ghost or pumpkin. This is a perfect arts and craft activity for toddlers and preschoolers

My daughter had a very busy week. This week she had soccer practice, swim lessons and her first acting class. The week must have tired her out because when the weekend came, she asked if she could have a pajama craft day. How could I say no to that. A pajama craft day sounded fantastic. We have a younger friend of the family that loves craft time at our house, so we invited her over for pajama craft day as well.

They wanted to do something Halloween themed. My daughter said that she wanted to make ghosts and mummies. I wanted to keep it simple for our younger friend, so we made what we dubbed “Splat Painting”. It was not quite a splat, but more of a free form painting turned into a cute Halloween craft.

The kids used acrylic paints and painted onto their pieces of paper. They painted white for ghosts, black for black cats, orange for pumpkins.

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They sprinkled glitter over their paintings because they found my glitter stash and kids just love glitter.

We cut simple shapes out of construction paper for each of our creations. The girls glued the shapes and googly eyes over each of their paintings to form their Halloween creatures.

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Here are some of the creations that we came up with. How cute are these?

Easy blob painted Halloween paintings. Paint a black cat, ghost or pumpkin. This is a perfect arts and craft activity for toddlers and preschoolersEasy blob painted Halloween paintings. Paint a black cat, ghost or pumpkin. This is a perfect arts and craft activity for toddlers and preschoolersEasy blob painted Halloween paintings. Paint a black cat, ghost or pumpkin. This is a perfect arts and craft activity for toddlers and preschoolersEasy blob painted Halloween paintings. Paint a black cat, ghost or pumpkin. This is a perfect arts and craft activity for toddlers and preschoolers Easy blob painted Halloween paintings. Paint a black cat, ghost or pumpkin. This is a perfect arts and craft activity for toddlers and preschoolers Easy blob painted Halloween paintings. Paint a black cat, ghost or pumpkin. This is a perfect arts and craft activity for toddlers and preschoolers

The girl’s did a great job with their paintings. These were so much fun to watch them make.

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Easy blob painted Halloween paintings. Paint a black cat, ghost or pumpkin. This is a perfect arts and craft activity for toddlers and preschoolers

Sequin Lava Lamp

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Homemade Fall sequin lava lamp - science experiments with oil & water for kids, toddlers & preschoolers

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My daughter loves to help with the dishes. Every chance that she gets she jumps up on her safety stool and washes the dishes with me. She was washing a particularly greasy item the other day & was having a hard time getting it clean. We added more soap to her sponge & discussed how oil & water react with one another.

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We have done simple experiments with oil & water before, but I thought this was a great opportunity to do one of our old favorites. Here’s how.

Find an old 20 oz water bottle. Tear off the label & filled the bottle about 3/4 of the way full with vegetable oil & then pour the water almost to the top. Leave enough space so that the mixture won’t overflow once the lava reaction occurs. You will see the separation between the oil & water in the bottle almost immediately.

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Add a few drops of food coloring to the water & then insert sequins. We wanted to make a fall themed lava lamp, so we used fall colors for ours. Once the sequins settle, add a half a tablet of Alka Seltzer to the bottle to stir it all up.

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My daughter was thrilled to watch the sequins dancing around. She added tablet after tablet of Alka Seltzer to our homemade lava lamp.

Homemade Fall sequin lava lamp - science experiments with oil & water for kids, toddlers & preschoolers

Our homemade lava lamps were fun & pretty to watch.

Homemade Fall sequin lava lamp - science experiments with oil & water for kids, toddlers & preschoolers

Fall sequin lava lamp - science experiments with oil & water for kids

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Painting Petals Activity

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Painting flower petal - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring & summer art project that you can do outdoors. - Great for all ages.My daughter went to her first live theater production with me last week. We went to see a youth theater performance of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. My girl was mesmerized.  She loved the music. She clapped and bounced along as they sang. One part that she really liked was when the cards in the Queen of Hearts kingdom painted all the white roses red.

We have been singing around the house “We’re painting the roses red, painting the roses red.”

While playing outside this weekends with my daughter and one of her friends, I looked over and spotted some lovely white flowers in our yard and while they were not roses, I thought about Alice and asked my daughter if she wanted to paint those flowers like the cards did. Her and her friend were overjoyed by this idea. I laid down a piece of poster board in our driveway and brought out some paints.

I picked one bunch of flowers and brought them over and thought the kids mighty enjoy painting it together, but as they began, they decided they each wanted to paint their own.

Painting flower petal - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring & summer art project that you can do outdoors..

Painting flower petal - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring & summer art project that you can do outdoors.

My my daughter painted each petal very carefully and her friend had a more dive in and get your hands dirty approach. Both were wonderful, with beautiful results.

Painting flower petal - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring & summer art project that you can do outdoors. Great for all ages.

Painting flower petal - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring & summer art project that you can do outdoors

They loved it.

This was a huge hit with both young ladies. I thought that they would like it, but I never anticipated just how much. We ended up eating a very late lunch because I could not pull them away from this paint project.

All of our projects came out great. We set each one aside to dry.

Painting flower petal - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring & summer art project that you can do outdoors. Great for all ages.

Painting flower petal - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring & summer project that you can do outdoors.

Painting flower petals - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring, summer project that you can do outdoors.

Her friend even asked me if we could paint another one the next time she came over. Of course, the summer is not over yet.

Painting flower petal - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring & summer art project that you can do outdoors. Great for all ages..

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Celebration Pancakes

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Cupcake shaped pancake. Fun breakfast food for kids. This is a perfect for a birthday or special occasions

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If you follow us regularly, you probably already know that we love pancakes. Pancakes are one of the few foods that my daughter will always eat. We have gotten inventive with our pancakes over the last year & breakfast has never been more fun. Pancake art has become a favorite for us both on the weekends. Sometimes, she puts in a special request & it becomes a challenge to see what we can come up with. Even if they don’t come out right they are still delicious. Today, my little girl said that she wanted cupcake pancakes. Here is what we came up with.Cupcake shaped pancake. Fun breakfast food for kids. This is a perfect for a birthday or special occasion.

Start with a basic pancake recipe. We added a couple of Tbsps of chocolate powder to our recipe.

Use a mixer to blend the batter well. Make sure to get out all the lumps.

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Use a funnel to fill a squeeze bottle.

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Use the squeeze bottle to draw out your cupcake.

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Let the pancake cook until bubbling & flip. Cook on the opposite side for a few minutes & put on a plate.

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Add whipped cream and sprinkles to finish your cupcake off. My daughter was so excited & the pancakes were a big hit.

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Valentine’s Day Hand Print

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Valentine's Hand Print - Bee Mine

Valentine’s Day is coming & with it comes the flowers, the chocolates and the cards. My daughter has already started getting excited about making Valentine’s cards for her family & friends. I was excited too because let’s face it, there is nothing sweeter than getting a Valentine from your little one. We love hand & footprint crafts because they make wonderful keepsakes. This adorable Valentine is cute & easy to make.

Hand Print Valentine

Paint your child’s palm and thumb in yellow. Paint black stripes over the yellow paint. Paint the fingers for the wings. I chose light blue for our wings.

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Press their hand onto a piece of paper.

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Paint in antennae and a stinger.

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Add googly eyes & a mouth and draw in wing veins.

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Add your message. (I love puns.) Add a heart trail or a few hearts to finish it off.

Valentine's Hand Print - Bee Mine

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Puzzle Piece Wreath

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My sweet child has really been getting into the holiday season. I can tell this is going to be a fun year for our little munchkin.Puzzle Piece Wreath Craft for kids. Christmas and winter arts and crafts for toddlers and preschoolers - with buttons

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 She is ready for winter & has been drawing up a wintery storm. We have snowmen & Christmas trees all over the place. It is adorable.

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Her latest drawing was of a wreath. She was so excited as she was making her wreath.  She made a bow with long strings at the bottom and said that her wreath had ghost floating in the middle of it. Hmmmmm…

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She wanted to cut out her wreath, so we did and then decided to make more wreaths together. We dug through our craft bin to see what we had & came across our bag of old puzzle pieces. It turned out we had just enough to build two wreaths with.

To make these easy wreaths, all you will need is:

Old puzzle pieces of roughly the same size

Glue

Green paint

Green glitter

Red pipe cleaner

Different colored buttons or pom poms

 

Directions:

Glue the puzzle pieces together in a ring like shown. Let the glue dry.

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Paint your ring green & then sprinkle glitter on it.

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Let the paint & glitter dry. Form a bow with a pipe cleaner & glue into place. Mai didn’t want to decorate her wreath. She said that it was a broccoli wreath & you don’t put decorations on broccoli.

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Add buttons or pom poms or whatever else you can think of for embellishments. Add a string to the top & you can use it as an ornament as well.

Puzzle Piece Wreath Craft for kids. Christmas and winter arts and crafts for toddlers and preschoolers - with buttons

Our wreaths came out cute & sparkly and they helped us finally use the last of our mis-matched puzzle pieces.

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